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Press Release
#82174
2011-09-20

Aichi biodiversity heads of agencies task force established with 27 global partners

Montreal, 21 September 2011 – At a signing ceremony organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), a Memorandum of Cooperation was signed with 27 of the largest international agencies, organizations and environmental conventions for implementation and achievement o ...

Press Release
#82175
2011-09-20

International treaty on damage resulting from living modified organisms receives four new signatures

Montreal, 20 September 2011 – Four countries—Belgium, Germany, Poland, and Portugal—today signed the Nagoya–Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety at a ceremony held at United Nations Headquarters in New York.

Press Release
#82178
2011-09-20

Nagoya Protocol on genetic resources achieves 54 signatures after seven months

Montreal, 20 September 2011 – At a signing ceremony organized in New York on 20 September at the margins of the high-level event on desertification of the sixty-sixth session of the United Nations General Assembly, 12 more countries signed the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and t ...

Press Release
#82146
2011-09-19

The Secretary General of the Ramsar Convention joins forces for the implementation of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets

Montreal, 19 September 2011- Demonstrating the continued and growing collaboration on the biodiversity and water agendas, Anada Tiéga, Secretary-General of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, paid a visit to the seat of the Secretariat of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD ...

Press Release
#82013
2011-09-15

Cities and the United Nations pulling together for biodiversity: Global partnership meets in Bonn

Montreal, 15 September 2011— At an international strategic meeting, held in the Old Town Hall, Bonn, on 5-6 September 2011, Bonn Mayor Jürgen Nimptsch and Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Executive Secretary Ahmed Djoghlaf invited the members of the Global Partnership on Local and Sub-Na ...

Press Release
#82094
2011-09-15

The Preparation of the Global City and Biodiversity Outlook launched

Montreal, 15 September 2011 – In the context of the Second Meeting on the Implementation of the Plan of Action on Sub-National Governments, Cities and Other Local Authorities on Biodiversity, held in Bonn, Germany, from 4 to 6 September 2011, Stockholm University (SU), through the Stockholm Resi ...

Press Release
#81865
2011-09-08

Bangladesh becomes the forty-second signatory to the Nagoya Protocol

Montreal, 8 September 2011 – On 6 September 2011, Bangladesh became the forty-second Party to the Convention on Biological Diversity to sign the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from Their Utilization to the Convention on Biolo ...

Press Release
#81808
2011-09-07

Geneva Call for Urgent Action on the Implementation of the Successful Nagoya Outcomes

Montreal, 7 September 2011. On Saturday, 3 September 2011, the past, present and future Presidents of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) agreed and signed, at their annual high-level meeting at Chateau Bossey, Switzerland, the “Geneva Call for Urgent Ac ...

Press Release
#81508
2011-08-24

The Society for Ecological Restoration confers its 2011 Special Recognition Award to the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity

Montreal 24 August 2011. The Society for Ecological Restoration has conferred its 2011 Special Recognition Award to the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) at the Gala Awards Banquet on 23 August 2011 in Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico, on the margins of the 4th World Conference on ...

Press Release
#81409
2011-08-19

Biodiversity community comes together in Geneva to launch the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity

Montreal, 19 August 2011 – In conjunction with the 61st meeting of the Standing Committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), the Government of Switzerland, in partnership with the Japanese presidency of the tenth meeting of the Confere ...

Press Release
#81366
2011-08-18

UEBT and CBD sign MOU to help stop biodiversity loss

Montreal, 18 August 2011 – In the context of the launching of the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity, the Union for Ethical BioTrade (UEBT) and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) have signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that seeks to contribute to the i ...

Press Release
#81190
2011-08-10

Antigua and Barbuda becomes twenty-sixth signatory to the Nagoya - Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol

Montreal, 10 August 2011 – Yesterday, Antigua and Barbuda became the twenty-sixth Party to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, and the first small island developing State, to sign the Nagoya - Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety.

Press Release
#81138
2011-08-08

Ninety per cent rate achieved in submissions of fourth national reports

Montreal, 8 August 2011 – Ninety per cent of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) have submitted their fourth national reports. The Convention Secretariat has to date received 175 fourth national reports. Submitting a national report is an obligation that needs to be implem ...

Press Release
#81053
2011-08-03

Expanding scientific expertise for implementation of Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011 2020

Montreal, 3 August 2011– The Consortium of Scientific Partners to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) continues to grow with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Agropolis International and the Convention Secretariat. Agropolis International thus becomes the eighteenth m ...

Press Release
#81063
2011-08-03

Assessment of funding needs for the implementation of the Convention gets under way

Montreal – 3 August 2011. The team of experts appointed to prepare an assessment of funding necessary and available for the implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity for the period July 2014 to June 2018 held its first meeting at the premises of the Convention Secretariat in Montr ...

Press Release
#80998
2011-08-01

Antigua and Barbuda becomes the first Caribbean island country to sign the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from Their Utilization

Montreal, 1 August 2011 – Antigua and Barbuda has become the forty-first signatory of the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing and the first Caribbean island country to signal its intent to ratify.

Press Release
#81002
2011-08-01

Struggle against invasive species remains important goal for global Strategic Plan for Biodiversity: Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity supports recent statement by conservation organizations

Montreal, 1 August 2011 – The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity has expressed support for a recent call from conservation organizations for continued action against invasive species.

Press Release
#80933
2011-07-28

Enhanced GEF and CBD efforts to explore funding options for achieving the Aichi Biodiversity Targets in West Africa

Montreal, 28 July 2011 – The Convention Secretariat, in collaboration with the Global Environment Facility (GEF) country support programme and with the financial support of European Commission, organized a West Africa regional workshop on biodiversity and finance in support of the Nagoya biodive ...

Press Release
#80924
2011-07-27

UN decades on biodiversity and desertification launched in Addis Ababa

Addis Ababa/Montreal, 27 July 2011 – The United Nations system joined together at the offices of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa in Addis Ababa on 22 July 2011 for the regional launch for Africa of the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity (UNDB) and to mark the United Nations ...

Press Release
#80789
2011-07-25

Spain becomes 40th signatory of the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing and the 25th signatory of the Nagoya - Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety

Montreal, 25 July 2011 –On 21 July 2011, Spain became the 40th Party to the Convention on Biological Diversity to sign the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from Their Utilization to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) ...

Press Release
#80757
2011-07-22

Uruguay: 39th Signatory to the Nagoya Protocol

Montreal, 20 July 2011 –On 19 July 2011, Uruguay became the 39th Party to sign the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from Their Utilization. Thirty-eight countries and the European Union have now signed the new international treaty.

Press Release
#80600
2011-07-18

Intergovernmental forum for biodiversity for food and agriculture and the Convention on Biological Diversity strengthen cooperation for achievement of biodiversity targets

Montreal/Rome 18 July 2011. The Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture of the Food and Agriculture Organization and the Convention on Biological Diversity will strengthen their collaboration for achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, through common actions that will pr ...

Press Release
#80521
2011-07-12

Joint GEF and CBD exploration for funding strategies to implement Nagoya biodiversity compact in West Africa

Montreal, 12 July 2011 –A Regional Workshop on Finance and Biodiversity, organized by the CBD Secretariat in collaboration with the GEF Country Support Programme, with the financial support of European Commission, was held in Dakar on 9 July 2011.

Press Release
#80489
2011-07-11

Costa Rica becomes the 38th Signatory of the Nagoya Protocol

Montreal, 11 July 2011 – On 6 July 2011, Costa Rica became the 38th Party to the Convention on Biological Diversity to sign the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from Their Utilization. Thirty-seven Governments and the European ...

Press Release
#80445
2011-07-07

Regional workshop for East Africa on updating national biodiversity strategies and action plans (NBSAPs) held in Kigali

Montreal, 7 July 2011 – Over four days, biodiversity experts and officials from the East Africa region worked towards implementing the Nagoya biodiversity compact. The Regional Workshop for Eastern Africa on Updating National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs), co-organized and co ...

Press Release
#80383
2011-07-06

United Nations Decade on Biodiversity launched in Havana for the countries of the Caribbean

Montreal/Havana, 6 July 2011 –On the occasion of the 8th International Convention on Environment and Development, being held in Havana from 4 to 8 July, Cuba launched the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity 2011-2020 in Caribbean countries.

Press Release
#80313
2011-07-05

Forest Policies from six countries shortlisted for Future Policy Award

New York / Montreal / Hamburg / Rome, 5 July 2011 – Policies from six countries are now shortlisted for the 2011 Future Policy Award. Bhutan, The Gambia, Nepal, Rwanda, Switzerland and the USA are still in the running for the most inspiring, innovative and influential forest policies worldwide.

Press Release
#80309
2011-07-04

Finland renews support for the Convention’s gender mainstreaming efforts

Montreal, 4 July 2011 – The Government of Finland’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has renewed its support for the gender mainstreaming efforts of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). Through a letter dated 21 June 2011, Finland announced that it will contribute 250,000 euros to the Conven ...

Press Release
#80310
2011-07-04

Capacity-Building Workshop for the Pan-European Biological and Landscape Diversity Strategy Members on Updating National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plans

Montreal, 4 July 2011 – Last week, in Geneva, biodiversity experts and officials from 14 European countries met for two days to work towards implementing the Nagoya Biodiversity Compact. The Regional Workshop on Updating National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs), organized by th ...

Press Release
#80253
2011-06-30

Policy makers and senior officials briefed on the coherent implementation of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture and the Nagoya Protocol

Montreal/Rome, 30 June 2011 – More than 100 policy makers and senior officials attending the thirty seventh session of the FAO Conference in Rome this week were today briefed by the Secretaries of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture and the Convention on ...

Press Release
#80195
2011-06-28

Carpathian Convention signs Tourism Protocol based on CBD Guidelines, Ramsar Convention involved in similar effort

Montreal, 28 June 2011 – On 27 May 2011, the seven Parties to the Framework Convention on the Protection and Sustainable Development of the Carpathians (Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Ukraine) signed a protocol on sustainable tourism in Bratislava, Slovakia, that ...

Press Release
#80166
2011-06-27

Seychelles makes major contribution to Aichi Biodiversity Targets

Montreal, 27 June 2011— The Seychelles Government announced it will declare new protected areas in the archipelago, resulting in half (50.59%) of all Seychelles land becoming protected under the law.

Press Release
#80080
2011-06-23

European Union and 12 Member States sign the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization

Montreal, 23 June 2011 – The number of signatories to a new international treaty on access to and the sharing of benefits from the utilization of genetic resources today jumped to 37 with the signature of the European Union (EU) and 12 of its member states.

Press Release
#80023
2011-06-21

Regional Workshop on updating National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans Being Held in Congo

Brazzaville, 21 June 2011 – Biodiversity experts and officials from across Central Africa are working towards implementing the Nagoya Biodiversity Compact at the Regional Workshop for Central Africa on Updating National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs), being held in Brazzaville ...

Press Release
#79889
2011-06-14

Launch of InforMEA - The United Nations Information Portal on Multilateral Environment Agreement (MEAs)

Geneva, 15 June 2011 – The Multilateral Environmental Agreements Information and Knowledge Management Initiative (MEA IKM) develops harmonized MEA information systems to assist Parties and the environment community at large. Supported by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Initi ...

Press Release
#79831
2011-06-13

Governments establish basis for implementation of Nagoya Protocol on Genetic Resources

Montreal, 13 June 2011— The first meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization of the Convention on Biological Diversity came to a close in Montreal on Friday, 10 Ju ...

Press Release
#79729
2011-06-10

Faced with “Empty Forests”, experts urge better regulation of bushmeat trade - International gathering identifies innovative solutions for resolving the bushmeat crisis, for the benefit of indigenous peoples and local communities.

Nairobi, Montreal, Geneva, 10 June 2011 – A growing and lucrative illegal international commercial trade in the meat and other parts of wild mammals, birds and reptiles (“bushmeat”) is causing widespread loss of biodiversity, imperilling the livelihoods of communities around the world, and desta ...

Press Release
#79651
2011-06-08

East African Legislative Assembly prepares resolution on Nagoya Protocol

Montreal, 8 June 2011 – Parliamentarians serving in the East African Legislative Assembly are ready to champion the cause of raising awareness amongst legislators to the national parliaments of the five countries that comprise the East African Community (EAC).

Press Release
#79725
2011-06-08

Mayor of Montpellier, France, visits Convention Secretariat

Montreal, 8 June 2011- Serving as a reminder of the importance of translating international policy into local action, the Mayor of Montpellier, France, Madame Hélène Mandroux, paid a two-day visit to the seat of the Secretariat of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Mo ...

Press Release
#79447
2011-06-07

Regional workshops on updating NBSAPs and implementing CBD programme of work on protected areas held in West Africa

Montreal, 7 June 2011 – Two workshops, held in parallel, on updating national biodiversity strategies and action plans (NBSAPs) and capacity-building for implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity’s programme of work on protected areas (PoWPA) respectively, were held in Dakar, from ...

Press Release
#79504
2011-06-06

Collaborating to build capacity for two new treaties on genetic resources

Montreal, 6 June 2011. Over the past weekend, on 4 and 5 June, the secretariats of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture collaborated to deliver a two-day capacity-building workshop that will help Government ...

Press Release
#79541
2011-06-06

Arabic version of CBD website inaugurated as a contribution to achieving the objectives of the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity

Montreal, 6 June 2011 – The Arabic version of the website of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) was launched today at the occasion of the opening of the first meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee of the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair an ...

Press Release
#79545
2011-06-06

Governments meet to prepare for the entry into force of the Nagoya treaty on access and benefit-sharing for genetic resources

Montreal, 6 June 2011 – The first meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from Their Utilization began today in Montreal. Over 400 participants will discuss the way forward for the i ...

Press Release
#79552
2011-06-06

The President of Algeria donates to the Museum of Nature and Culture of the Convention on Biological Diversity

Montreal, 6 June 2011. The President of Algeria, Mr. Abdelaziz Bouteflika, has donated a work of art to the Museum of Nature and Culture of the Convention on Biological Diversity. He is the second Head of State to personally provide a gift to the Museum.

Press Release
#79586
2011-06-06

The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity expands its offices in Montreal

Montreal, 6 June 2011 – The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) today officially announced that it is expanding its offices in the Montreal World Trade Centre. Located in Quebec’s metropolis since 1996, the United Nations organization is enhancing its capacity to meet the ...

Press Release
#79502
2011-06-03

GEF establishes the Nagoya Protocol Implementation Fund

Washington, D.C., 3 June, 2011 – The Global Environment Facility (GEF), the world’s largest public financer of global environment issues, will operate a new landmark fund to help developing countries to ratify and implement a key international agreement to conserve and sustainably use biodiver ...

Press Release
#79449
2011-06-01

New Publication Outlines Biodiversity Elements for Design and Implementation of REDD-plus

Montreal, 1 June 2011 – A new report from the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), REDD-plus and Biodiversity (CBD Technical Series No. 59), provides technical and scientific information on the ways to ensure that the design and implementation of REDD-plus policies suppor ...

Press Release
#79376
2011-05-30

Philippines President hosts South-East Asian launch of the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity

Montreal 30 May 2011— The United Nations Decade on Biodiversity has been launched in South-East Asia by the President of the Philippines, Benigno S. Aquino III, who also issued a Presidential Proclamation declaring a National Decade. The event took place on 30 May 2011 at the Malacanang Palace w ...

Press Release
#79312
2011-05-25

Ghana Becomes 24th Country to Sign International Treaty on Genetic Resources

Montreal, 25 May 2011 – Ghana, on Friday 20 May 2011, became the 24th country to sign the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization.

Press Release
#79315
2011-05-25

International Call for Investments in Protected Areas in West Africa

The first roundtable meeting on Financing Protected Areas in West Africa will be held in Dakar, Senegal, on 27 May 2011. The meeting builds on statements made at the (CBD) tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to Convention on Biological Diversity, in October 2010, where ministers and o ...

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